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Nova release new Mentor 5: ‘More performance, more accessible’

Nova release new Mentor 5: ‘More performance, more accessible’

Nova have officially announced the release of the new Mentor 5, their benchmark EN B paraglider designed for cross country flying. They say the wing, which as an EN B is bracketed in the ‘Standard Class’, will be more accessible to more pilots, stating, “the excellent performance is easily accessible”. They say they have achieved […]

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Advance Bipro 3 tandem harness

Advance Bipro 3 tandem harness

Advance will be launching their new tandem paraglider harness, the Bipro 3, in April 2017. Designed as a functional and practical everyday harness for tandem pilots, it has V-legpads for good leg support and the mobility required for a comfortable seated position behind the passenger. Advance say the Bipro 3 is robustly built, and Advance’s Easy Fold system – a hinge seam with a pronounced […]

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Sol Atmus 2: low-EN B paraglider

Sol Atmus 2: low-EN B paraglider

  The Atmus 2 is Sol’s latest EN-B paraglider, suitable for beginners and pilots moving up to the EN-B class. It will also suit occasional pilots in search of an excellent balance of easy flying characteristics with increased performance and high passive safety, Sol say. This second iteration of the Atmus is a bit lighter than […]

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Airfer Explorer 2 paramotor frame

Airfer Explorer 2 paramotor frame

Airfer have upgraded their Explorer paramotor frame, making it more user-friendly and more robust. It’s available in titanium or stainless steel, and can take props of up to 130cm. The frame now clicks together with a push-button system – no retaining clips or Velcro to battle with – making it simpler to use and more aerodynamic. The frame […]

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Apco Play 42 PPG tandem: new colours

Apco Play 42 PPG tandem: new colours

Apco’s Play 42 mk II tandem PPG wing has been revamped with a new top-surface design in a choice of five colours. The undersurface of the wing, which is designed for professionals as well as recreational pilots, is white, ready to take advertising logos. Apco describe the Play 42 as a safe and reliable wing that is very easy to launch […]

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Gradient Nevada 2 Light: EN B

Gradient Nevada 2 Light: EN B

Gradient have released a lightweight version of the EN-B Nevada 2, which offers a 1kg weight saving over the full-fat version and a smaller pack size. Gradient’s Nevada 2 and Nevada 2 Light are suitable for occasional and XC pilots, and Gradient say they offer good stability and glide performance with precise handling. The three-liner wing uses Gradient’s […]

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Nova Speedmax 2: PPG wing

Nova Speedmax 2: PPG wing

Nova say the Speedmax 2 is a fun and efficient high-performance paramotor wing for recreational and advanced pilots. Based on the high-B Mentor cross-country wing, they say the Speedmax 2 is fast with easy launch characteristics and forgiving flight behaviour. It has a soft-reflex profile, a flatter arc than the Mentor and a trimmer system, optimising it for motorised flying. A soft-reflex profile […]

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Apco release Lift EU II paratrike wing

Apco release Lift EU II paratrike wing

Apco have released a new version of their Lift EU paratrike wing. It’s a full-reflex wing designed for European trikes with narrow hook-in points of 50-65 cm. It can take loads of up to 400kg. The Lift EU II is available in 400 and 450 versions (the number is the size in square-feet, which equates to […]

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UP’s 2017 X-Alps wing: Trango X-Race

UP’s 2017 X-Alps wing: Trango X-Race

UP have announced announced their Red Bull X-Alps wing for 2017. The Trango X-Race was born from the Trango XC3, and will be certified EN C (EN D in the S size). UP say it’s not only for the X-Alps – the X-Race is aimed at all sports class pilots looking for a light and performant wing for competition, […]

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Nova Team colours 2017/18

Nova Team colours 2017/18

This red, white and lime colour scheme is what all Nova Team Pilots’ wings will look like in 2017/18. Team captain Till Gottbrath explains that Nova consider their team pilots as brand ambassadors, so they have unique wing colours, so that they can be easily recognised. Every second year, the colour scheme is changed. The new scheme has […]

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UP Summit XC4: high-end EN B

UP Summit XC4: high-end EN B

UP Paragliders have announced their latest high-end EN B wing, the Summit XC4, will be shipping from early 2017, starting with the M size. It’s already flown some big distances in Brazil this season, the biggets we know about being German pilot Peter Hilger’s 338.6km, back in November 2016. UP say about the Summit XC4: UP test […]

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Garmin inReach SE+ and inReach Explorer

Garmin inReach SE+ and inReach Explorer

Garmin bought DeLorme in 2016, and have just released Garmin branded inReach SE+ and inReach Explorer handheld devices with inReach satellite communication. Featuring 100% global Iridium satellite coverage for two-way messaging anywhere in the world, the devices are equipped with an interactive SOS. This triggers an emergency response from GEOS, the 24/7 search and rescue monitoring centre, so users can […]

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Polini Thor 190 Evo: powerful two-stroke engine

Polini Thor 190 Evo: powerful two-stroke engine

The Thor 190 Evo from Polini is a powerful two-stroke engine with “an excellent power-to-weight ratio”. The 193cc two-stroke engine weighs just 13.6kg. There are lots of design improvements, listed below, and it’s available in different versions with centrifugal clutch and electric start options. Piston with new profile, that improves the performance and reduce the wear of […]

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Apco’s EN-A Karisma now ready

Apco’s EN-A Karisma now ready

Apco’s new EN-A school wing, the Karisma, is now certified in three sizes. Apco say the Karisma is a simple and straightforward wing, designed to make life easy for beginners and their instructors, but with the personality and performance characteristics to keep intermediate pilots happy too. The wing is built with Apco’s sharknose APP (Automatic Pressuring Profile) to retain internal […]

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Niviuk release Klimber P – lightweight EN D

Niviuk release Klimber P – lightweight EN D

Niviuk have officially released the Klimber P, the wing Gavin McClurg used for the Alaska traverse in May 2016.  It’s the company’s first lightweight, high-performance EN-D wing, and they say it’s aimed at expert pilots wanting top performance in a lightweight package for hike-and-fly and vol-bivouac adventures. The Klimber P has an aspect ratio of 7 and a top speed […]

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U-Turn Blackout+ acro wing

U-Turn Blackout+ acro wing

“Dynamic with easy handling” and their “most balanced acro wing yet”, is how U-Turn describe the Blackout+. Prototypes were tested by U-Turn’s Acro Team pilots during the competition season, and tweaked so that the final version delivers dynamic and precise handling in a wing that is forgiving of errors. U-Turn say the Blackout+ is suitable for a wide range of pilots from […]

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Icaro Gravis: heart of the B-class

Icaro Gravis: heart of the B-class

Icaro’s Gravis is a cross-country paraglider that they say fits right in the middle of the EN-B category. Icaro say it combines efficiency, performance and precision with excellent safety characteristics, and is suitable for pilots just entering the B category, as well as seasoned cross-country pilots. The Gravis will be available in five sizes from 2017. icaro-paragliders.com • Got […]

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Hang Glider 2017 calendar now on sale!

Hang Glider 2017 calendar now on sale!

SVS Designs’s 2017 Hangglider calendar went on sale on 25 November 2016. The A3 calendar contains photos from 48 pilots from all over the world, and can be bought online for €20, with discounts available for multiple purchases. www.hanggliderproducts.com • Got news? Send it to us at news@xcmag.com. Subscribe to the world’s favourite hang gliding and paragliding […]

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Niviuk introduce the Roller, speedflying wing

Niviuk introduce the Roller, speedflying wing

Niviuk have added an EN-certified speedflying wing, the Roller, to their range. They say it’s a fast and versatile wing that can perform infinite turns, barrel rolls, swoops and carving, and fly in winds up to 70km/h.  French Niviuk team pilot Julien Meyer says: Using the trimmers during a nil-wind take-off, at first I was surprised at the acceleration […]

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Niviuk’s tandem single-skinner: Bi Skin 2P

Niviuk’s tandem single-skinner: Bi Skin 2P

On 3 November 2016 Niviuk released the Bi Skin 2P – a single-surface tandem wing that weighs just 3.3kg and is EN-B certified. The 31m² wing is certified for loads of up to to 190kg, and Niviuk say it is confidence-inspiring and surprisingly agile to fly. It launches easily with a short take-off run and in very […]

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